Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disabling disease, but there are simple things people with RA can do to make everyday activities a little easier. Read on to learn about some tried and tested, practical life hacks!
1. Get moving.
Being still for long periods of time can strain your joints and make stiffness worse. Even very mild exercise can help to maintain healthy muscles, joint mobility and flexibility.
Talk to your doctor or a personal trainer about how you can modify your exercise regime at home or at the gym.
2. Try Epsom salts to alleviate pain.
To alleviate pain, try running yourself a hot bath with Epsom salts.
Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulphate, which can help to alleviate pain.
3. Make your zippers easier to hold on to.
Try adding a key ring loop, or a piece of leather, to the zip on your coat to make fastening easier.
4. Ask for help.
Make sure to ask friends and family, or even shop workers, for help when carrying heavy items such as shopping bags.
5. Use items that can help with everyday tasks.
Try using a haemostat, or something similar, to make opening food packages or peeling off food lids easier.
6. Use wheat bags or ice packs to reduce pain and inflammation.
Did you know you can use warm wheat bags to ease the pain in your joints? You can also freeze them, or use an ice pack to reduce inflammation. You can even make your own!
7. Stay away from processed foods.
These contain unhealthy fats that have been linked with inflammation.